What is Creepypasta, and where do these stories come from?

March 5, 2016 at 2:08 AM

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A “creepypasta” is a short piece of horror fiction. The name is a play on the 4chan slang of “copypasta” – when the creepypasta meme first began, there was a set group of pastas that tended to get shared over and over. Many people actually kept them in a text file and just re-pasted them wherever and whenever the mood struck. A website called King of Wolves used to host most of the original stories, but it has long since deactivated.

When creepypasta.com launched in 2008, the meme was still new, and thus ‘classic’ creepypasta were pulled from actual ongoing threads on places like /x/ and Encyclopedia Dramatica. So when you see the 2008-2009 pastas that may seem really basic and/or sparse now, please keep in mind that these were the pastas that actually helped launch the genre entirely. Creepypasta was extremely ritualpasta-heavy (The Holders, in particular, were wildly popular) and stories tended to be short and vague, rather than the more fully realized short stories that has become the norm today.

Once the site had finished archiving the “main” original pastas, creepypasta.com began accepting submissions from its readers. Since then, we have only posted reader-generated content that is directly submitted to us; we do not seek out content or scrape it from other websites.